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Montignac sur Charente, France
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-18

Far too long

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The book is far too long and there are far too many characters with stories that have no relevance to the crime and the solving of it.

Would you recommend The Girl in the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

No. As already said: far too many characters with side stories and I really failed to see the relevance of the witch trial in the seventeenth century.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. Both rather slow

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Camilla Lackberg's books before but prefer when she concentrates on the solving of the crime.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-18

A horrid story of a disfunctional family

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea - can't imagine anyone will want to read about a self-obsessed mother and her nasty child and weird neighbour

What could Clare Boyd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps given some of the characters different accents

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane McDowell?

Possibly, if the plot was a more believable and interesting one

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and despair that I have stuck with this silly story

Any additional comments?

Nowhere in this story did either parent think they should be seeking help for their difficult child and the way they were bringing her up. Novels , like the BBC, are there to entertain and inform, and this book did neither. Don't know if I can be bothered to soldier on to the end, now six hours in.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-18

A wonderful gripping read

Would you listen to This Rough Ocean again? Why?

Yes. The historic detail of the period portrayed is educational and the minutiae of domestic life in the seventeenth century is fascinating

What did you like best about this story?

The contrast between the lives of Ann and John

What does Philip Battley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His various different accents were spot on

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end, without giving anything away

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book, for anyone who is a fan of Norah Lofts, this book is a must. Can't wait to try some of her other novels.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Wonderful!

Would you listen to The Horse Dancer again? Why?

Yes. The story of the relationship between the child, her horse, her grandfather and the stable owner is a gripping well-written one.

What other book might you compare The Horse Dancer to, and why?

Perhaps to 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamund Pilcher or To Kill a Mockinbird, both books where the characters grip your interest from the start.

What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

She read the book with a lot of emotion and made a very good job of both male and female characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene when Sarah fled from the French teenagers and was eventually reunited with her horse.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books I have ever listened too and I am so glad that my lack of knowledge of or interest in horses did not put me off buying it. I would recommend it wholeheartedly; it was wonderful.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Not a likeable character in this book

I wish I had read the other reviews before listening to this book. A group of disfunctional characters, none of them particularly likeable. Far too much detail of teenage sex and the lives of self-centred characters are so boring that I shall be returning this book, having only listened to half of it.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-18

A story full of nasty characters

I often wonder how an author can write a book without a single likeable character; this book is one of them. At first I liked Rose, who worked hard to provide her family with a safe happy home but she soon showed no backbone at all. Even though Polly knew a devastating secret, when she moved in, lazy, boozer with two badly-behaved foul-mouthed children, any one would have confessed all to their husband and kicked the cuckoo out of the nest. Instead, Rose endangered her baby's life by leaving Polly in charge, but, having said that, she was careless of her baby's wellbeing by regularly getting drunk when breast-feeding. All the characters, apart from Kate the GP, had no morals at all and I thoroughly disliked the lot of them. Stuck with it to the end hoping Rose who grow a spine. Shall never read another Julia Crouch book. The narrator did her best.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

a too-long story of obsession

This history of an obsessive love was far too long and for the most part, unbelievable. I have just spent 12 hours listening to a tedious story, while hoping for some excitement or a denouement. The narrators' characterisation of the two main characters were fine, but the teenage girl was extremely annoying and the main character's weak personality really got on my nerves. I chose this book because of the positive reviews, but shall not look for any other books by this author.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-17

The book with no interest

I enjoyed the first in this series, not so much the second and didn't listen to the third, but thought the synopsis of this one was interesting. Disappoining. I like Anna Bentink's narrative style but was really bored with the scenes with the children and found some of the ideas preposterous - the friend who seemed absolutely fit but was, within days, dying in a hospice, for example and the scenes with the botanic artist were so boring. I gave up after about three hours and won't be trying any more of this author's work.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Unbelievable!

You have to suspend belief completely if you are going to listen to this book in full. No police force would take on a new recruit without background checks, so Lucy would have had no chance with her father a local 'Mr Big' of crime. She spends most of her time as a relatively new detective constable working alone, going into what are clearly dangerous situations without calling for assistance, manages to dodge salvos from sub-machine guns and wrestle with murderers, and all apparently with no sleep and no food or drink apart from the occasional lager! She is supposed to be fit, but her only exercise seems to be running after villains. And, of course, we have to have the cliche of a slender young woman riding a 900 cc Ducati motorbike - very unimaginative. Having lived on the outskirts of Greater Manchester for years, the amount of crime depicted in this book is absolutely unbelievable - gunmen running through the streets? I don't think so! I am amazed that the author didn't make more effort to make this detective novel more believable. It was also incredibly gory. Not for me: this is the first and last by this author that I shall listen to.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Disappointing

I have enjoyed very much the preceding Department Q stories, but have given up on this one after only two hours of listening. The new narrator is not as good as the previous one and the story suddenly veers away from Karl, Rose, etc to other characters with no explanation as to their relevance to the crime.

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